I was born and raised in Manchester, Iowa. I attended public schools in Iowa; Lambert Elementary, West Delaware Junior High School,
and West Delaware High School. I received my B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and my M.A. from the University of Iowa. When I had finished graduate school I moved from Iowa to Niigata, Japan to teach at a university there. After two years in Niigata I accepted a teaching position at Kyushu Tokai University ( now Tokai University, Kumamoto Campus ).